Five Towns College is a private for-profit college in Dix Hills, New York. Five Towns College was founded as a business school in 1972 by Lorraine Kleinman Cohen and Stanley G. Cohen, Ed. D. Programs at the college have expanded to cover popular music, theatre and communications; the original proposed site for this college was to be in Lawrence in southwestern Nassau County, New York, an area known as "The Five Towns", but the college was sited in Merrick, New York. Five Towns College moved to Seaford, New York, in 1982 and to its current location in Dix Hills in Suffolk County, New York, in 1992. Although the college is a for-profit college, its board of trustees and its founding president Stanley Cohen have argued that the college would be "better positioned to build an endowment if it were a nonprofit." Cohen, was removed from office in 2014 and shareholders have filed suit against the plan to make the college non-profit. The college is the licensee of WFTU, 1570 kHz, in Riverhead, New York, a full-time AM broadcast station, which returned to the air in September 2013.
Five Towns College offers degree programs in: Jazz/Commercial Music Video Mass Communication Childhood Education Music Education Theatre Arts Business Management The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college holds an Absolute Charter issued by the New York State Board of Regents, all of its educational programs are registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of College and University Evaluation. Nicole Albino of Nina Sky Jon Bellion and producer Jesse Carmichael and guitarist of Maroon 5 Julian Casablancas, lead singer of The Strokes Jared Cotter and television personality Jared Evan, record producer, rapper Wyclef Jean and producer of The Fugees Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5 Olivia Longott, R&B singer Charles Mack, Oscar-nominated writer of Raise It Up Chrisette Michele, recording artist Mike Portnoy, former member of Dream Theater Joe Satriani, rock guitarist with 15 Grammy nominations Duke "Doobie" Sims, singer of Shinobi Ninja Klement Tinaj, producer, martial artist, perennial candidate in the 2018 California Gubernatorial Election Earnest Woodall and guitarist Official website
Housemarque Oy is a Finnish video game developer based in Helsinki. The company was founded by Ilari Kuittinen and Harri Tikkanen in July 1995, through the merger of their previous video game companies and Terramarque, both of which were founded in 1993 as Finland's first commercial developers. Housemarque is the oldest active developer in Finland and has about 80 employees as of January 2020. Bloodhouse and Terramarque were founded in 1993, becoming Finland's first commercial video game developers. Bloodhouse was led by Harri Tikkanen, released their first game, Stardust in 1993, with a version updated for the Amiga 1200, titled Super Stardust, released the following year. Terramarque was founded by Ilari Kuittinen and Stavros Fasoulas, hired Miha Rinne in 1994. Fasoulas, at the time, was working on a clone of Bubble Bobble titled Galactic, but failed to find a publisher, wherefore the game ended up on a covermount in British magazine The One; the first game from Terramarque was Elfmania, released in 1994 to mixed reception.
The company started work on a second game, P. I. D. to be published by Renegade Software. When the Amiga was discontinued mid-development, production on P. I. D. was halted. A demo of the game has been released. In December 1994, Kuittinen began working with Tikkanen, their two companies formally merged in 1995 to form Housemarque. Housemarque Oy, the legal entity, was registered on 19 July 1995; as of June 2015, Housemarque is the oldest active video game developer in Finland. Both Bloodhouse and Terramarque were developing games for personal computers at the time, with the joint team deciding to focus specficially on the evolving PC gaming market; the company started out by freelancing, after setting up their first office in the Punavuori area of Helsinki, started hiring employees and ceased freelance work. The first PC games developed by Housemarque were the MS-DOS conversion of Bloodhouse's space shooter Super Stardust, adventure game Alien Incident, shooter game The Reap, all of which gained favourable reception but failed to succeed commercially.
In February 2014, Housemarque had over 50 employees. In November 2017, the company announced that it would be stepping away from the arcade genre, which it had incorporated in all of its games since Super Stardust, as it was not generating enough revenue to justify developing further games in the genre; the following April, it announced Stormdivers, a battle royale game, anticipating a 2019 release. In December 2018, Housemarque's staff count was approaching 70 people. Housemarque put all of its in-development projects, including Stormdivers, on halt in January 2020. Instead, it shifted its focus on a project the company considered to be its most ambitious thus far and had been in pre-production for three years. At the time, Housemarque had close to 80 staff members. Stormdivers Official website